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Roseville-Maplewood-Falcon Heights League sponsors  forums for local, legislative candidates

The Roseville-Maplewood Falcon Heights chapter of the League of Women Voters is sponsoring five forums in October for candidates seeking local or state office. All candidates have been invited to participate.  The forums are free and open to the public.

The first, on Oct. 6, features Jeremy Carr, Mary Gaasch, and  Roxanne Grove, who are vying for two seats of the Lauderdale City Council.  The event will be at 7 p.m. at the Lauderdale City Hall, 1891 Walnut Ave., Lauderdale.  Lauderdale Mayor Jeffrey Dains is unopposed.

On Oct. 9, candidates vying for three positions on the District 622 School Board will participate in a 7 p.m. forum at the District Center, 2520 12th Ave. E, Maplewood. Candidates are Caleb Anderson, Bennie Bennett, Amy Coborn, Danny Porter and Michelle Yener.

On Oct.14, candidates vying for two positions on the Little Canada City Council will participate in a 7 p.m. forum at the Little Canada City Hall, 515 Little Canada Rd.  They are Tom Fischer, Jeff Heikke, Andrew Henderson, Jon Joriman, Kevin Keenan, Christian Torkleson and Rocky Waite. John Keis is unopposed for mayor.

The October 20, Candidates Forum has been canceled.

On Oct. 23, three candidates running for two positions on the Roseville City Council will participate in a 7:00 p.m. forum at Roseville City Hall, 2660 Civic Center Drive.  They are Tammy McGehee, Kaying Thao and Bob Willmus.  Mayor Dan Roe is unopposed.

On Oct. 15, candidates for the Minnesota House of Representatives in Districts 66A and 66B will be featured in a 6:30 p.m. forum at the St. Anthony Park Library, 2245 Como Ave., St. Paul.  Candidates in District 66A are Alice Hausman and Jon Heyer.  In 66B, John Lesch faces Lizz Paulson.  The forum is hosted by the St. Paul League of Women Voters.

Early Voting and "No Excuse" Absentee Voting

There may be some confusion about early voting and "No Excuse" absentee voting in Minnesota.  Some states have early voting, but Minnesota does not.  However, voters can vote early through the newly revised absentee voting process.

In the past, many voters made an excuse to vote absentee even though they were not expecting to be absent from their home city on election day.  Until now, Minnesota law did not allow that.

That has changed.  Under current law, voters can use the absentee voting process to vote early and avoid lines at the polling places on election day.

For more information on the process, click on the following link.  https://mnvotes.sos.state.mn.us/ABRegistration/ABRegistrationStep1.aspx

Absentee ballots for the general election will be available on Friday, September 19th.  The general election is scheduled for Tuesday, November 4th.

If you want to vote absentee and have not registered at your current address or have never registered to vote, the deadline for registering for the general election is Tuesday, October 14th.

All of this information was obtained from the Minnesota Secretary of State's website and can be verified there.

Also, the cities of Falcon Heights, Lauderdale, Little Canada, Maplewood, North St. Paul, Roseville, and Shoreview have on-site absentee voting.  You may call your city hall or visit your city's website.  We have links to various city hall websites on our Educate page.

Stuthman to receive national honor

Judy SLong-time League leader Judy Stuthman will be honored by the National Association of Secretaries of State for her work registering immigrant families to vote when they become American citizens.

Stuthman, a Roseville leader who served as co-president of the League of Women Voters Minnesota from 2007 to 2011, will receive the organization’s State Medallion Award from Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie at a 5:30 p.m. ceremony Oct. 15 at the University Club in St. Paul.  Cost is $25.

Stuthman notes that, since January 2007, when she started keeping records, that “we have carried more than 62,000 voter registration forms to the Secretary of State’s office.”  She says immigrants know that voting is the best way to become involved as a citizen.




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